Columbia University School of the Arts

The Columbia University School of the Arts, (also known as School of the Arts or SoA) is the fine arts graduate school of Columbia University in Morningside Heights, New York. It offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Film, Visual Arts, Theatre and Writing, as well as the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Film Studies. It also works closely with the Arts Initiative at Columbia University (CUArts) and organizes the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), a week-long program of screenings, screenplay, and teleplay readings.[1]

Columbia University School of the Arts
Columbia University School of the Arts Logo.png
TypePrivate
Established1965
DeanCarol Becker
Students~835 students
Location, ,
U.S.
CampusUrban
Websitearts.columbia.edu

Founded in 1965, the school is one of the leading institutions for the study of visual and performing arts in the United States.[2] Among the school's distinguished graduates are sculptor David Altmejd, visual artist Lisi Raskin, painter Marc Handelman, sculptor Banks Violette and painter Dana Schutz.

HistoryEdit

The history of the School of Arts can be traced back to the first courses in drawing offered at Columbia in 1881. In 1900, drama critic Brander Matthews was appointed professor of Dramatic Literature, first chair of drama at any university in the country.[3] Courses in creative writing, film, and painting followed. In 1921, the Department of Fine Arts was established for the study of architecture, painting, sculpture and scholarly works in those fields. The university's first sculpture classes were offered in 1936, followed two years later by graphic art classes. In 1947, the School of Painting and Sculpture, and the School of Dramatic Arts were established.[4]

In December 1965, the Trustees of Columbia established the School of the Arts to train both graduate and undergraduate students. In 1970, the school began offering only graduate courses. A year later, it moved into Dodge Hall at Broadway and 116th Street and Prentis Hall on 125th Street, where the school’s classrooms, rehearsal spaces and administrative offices are located. In 1988, the Miller Theatre, constructed in 1924, was established as Columbia's performing arts producer following renovations to the previous space known as the McMillin Academic Theatre.[5] In 2017, construction was completed on Renzo Piano's 60,000-square-foot Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multidisciplinary academic and performance space on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. The Lenfest also houses the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.[6][7]

ProgramsEdit

FilmEdit

The School of the Arts's Film Program is well-regarded in the field and offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees with concentrations in Screenwriting/Directing and Creative Producing. The program also offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Film Studies.

The select MFA program accepts only 6% of applicants, having an annual incoming class of 65 out of the 1000+ applicants. The film program accepts 46 out of approximately 700 applicants. It is considered one of the top film schools in the world.[8]

 
Entrance to the Miller Theatre on the Columbia University Morningside Heights campus.

TheaterEdit

The School of Arts's Theatre Program offers Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in theater with concentrations in acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, stage management, and theater management and producing. The playwriting concentration has been heralded by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage and Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang.

In 2018, applications to the acting concentration doubled with the appointment of former Yale School of Drama acting professor Ron Van Lieu. The acting concentration has emerged as one of the highest ranking graduate acting programs in the world [9] and is helmed by casting director James Calleri.

The Theatre Program also offers a Ph.D. and joint J.D./M.F.A. degree in association with Columbia Law School.

Visual ArtsEdit

In the Visual Arts Program at the School of Arts, students work in the fields of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital media, drawing, performance, and video art.

WritingEdit

The School of Arts's writing program offers degrees in creative writing, with concentrations in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. One of its more notable features are "master classes," four-week courses for writers (as opposed to critical scholars) "designed to stimulate provocative discussions about literary craft and artistic choices." Master class faculty have included Helen Vendler, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, James Wood, Richard Ford, Han Ong, Susan Choi, and Jonathan Ames. The writing division also employs prestigious writers as seminar and workshop instructors; in recent years these have included Zadie Smith, Gary Shteyngart, Nathan Englander, Myla Goldberg, Adam Haslett, Jessica Hagedorn, Phillip Lopate, Marie Howe, Eamon Grennan, Paul LaFarge, David Gates, Francisco Goldman, Darcy Frey, and David Ebershoff.

Deans of Columbia School of the ArtsEdit

  • Davidson Taylor (1966-1971)
  • Frank MacShane (interim dean, 1971-1972)
  • Bernard Beckerman (1972-1976)
  • Schuyler G. Chapin (1976-1987)
  • Peter Smith (1987-1995)
  • Robert Fitzpatrick (1995-1998)
  • Dan Kleinman (acting, 1998-1999)
  • Bruce W. Ferguson (1999-2005)
  • Dan Kleinman (acting, 2005-2007)
  • Carol Becker (2007 to present)

Notable alumni and attendeesEdit

FilmEdit

TheatreEdit

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Notable facultyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://arts.columbia.edu/programs
  2. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-fine-arts-schools/fine-arts-rankings
  3. ^ https://www.britannica.com/biography/Brander-Matthews
  4. ^ https://arts.columbia.edu/history
  5. ^ https://www.millertheatre.com/about
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/arts/design/wallach-art-gallery-uptown-columbia-review.html
  7. ^ https://ny.curbed.com/2017/3/23/15037546/columbia-university-renzo-piano-art-center-harlem
  8. ^ Appelo, Tim (27 July 2011). "The 25 Best Film Schools Rankings". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Abramovitch, Seth. "Top 25 Graduate Schools for an Acting Degree, Ranked". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6/10/2019. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ Naficy, Hamid (2012). A Social History of Iranian Cinema. 3: The Islamicate Period, 1978–1984. Duke University Press. p. 64. ISBN 0822348772.

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